ARMM Regional Darul Ifta holds Ulama Summit against Terrorism

Muslim Clerics and Aleema in Southern Philippines attended an Ulama Summit against Terrorism held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORC Compound, Cotabato City from May 12-14, 2017.

The activity was organized and sponsored by the Regional Darul Ifta (House of Opinion) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In their statement issued on the last day of the activity, they said, “as obliged and duty-bound” as religious leaders to shepherd the Moro people and their communities away from the darkness of ignorance and violence to the justness and peacefulness of Islamic way of life.

“In the light of current situation where the people are confronted with the threat and problem of violent extremism and terrorism engulfing the world today and the country as well, the urgency of working together is imperative”, they said.

“The threat of violent extremism and terrorism is not solely the problem and responsibility of our government and political leaders, but more so for us as religious leaders because many terrorists misrepresent and misuse our Islamic faith to legitimize and justify their wrongdoings. And as such, they have tarnished the image of Islam and Muslims’, they said in the statement.

They declared in the statement that:

It is HARAM (forbidden and unlawful) to use Islam to justify or legitimize violent extremism and terrorism:

It is incumbent upon us all to reeducate our constituents to rediscover our Islamic faith for justice, compassion, harmony and peace; and.

Finally, they said, “It is imperative upon us all to cooperate and collaborate with stakeholders in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism in its many forms and manifestations”.

The summit was also attended by the MILF Grand Mufti Abuhuraira Udasan who delivered a very inspiring message.